How Often Should I Wax My Car?

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Most drivers are aware of the benefits of washing their car and likely do it fairly often, but a smaller number of car owners actually wax their car. This is unfortunate because, after a good waxing, a car can look good as new -- it's just that many drivers don't realize it. Unlike car washes, though, going through the process of waxing your car can be done just a few times a year, although some drivers may want to do it more frequently to get the best results. You can discover all the benefits of waxing your car, as well as learn how to do it, with Elgin Hyundai.

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Benefits of Waxing a Car

It should come as no surprise that waxing your car will make it shine better than it ever has, but there are other substantial benefits that make waxing your car worth it. If you're worried about damage to your car's paint, then wax can provide a protective layer! Waxing your car gives you much better protection against rust and corrosion, making for a prettier car for a longer period of time. And while most cars see great benefits by just waxing twice a year -- once in spring and once in fall -- you can wax your car once per season to get even better results.

How to Wax a Car

If you think you're ready to wax your car, you'll first want to set aside some time; it isn't a particularly difficult task but can be a lengthy one. Before you begin waxing your car, you'll need three key items:

  • An applicator pad
  • A microfiber cloth
  • High-quality auto wax (You can choose between soft and hard waxes. Softer waxes are easier to apply, while harder waxes stay good longer.)

Once you have these items, you're ready to wax your car. Here's a step-by-step list of what you do next:

  • Start by washing your car, either at a car wash or even at home.
  • Make sure your car isn't parked directly in sunlight because you don't want the sun to dry out anything. It's better to use a towel to dry off water spots on your car.
  • Apply thin strokes of wax either vertically or horizontally and proceed to buff them out with your microfiber cloth. Wax in tight sections to ensure proper application, and continue this step until the car's entire exterior has been waxed.

Discover More with Elgin Hyundai

Now that you've learned all about how to wax a car, plus the benefits that come with it, we suggest you go try it for yourself; the results may have your car looking brand new! With Elgin Hyundai, you can also learn how to remove any old stickers from car windows and bumpers, and view our extensive inventory of new and used cars. Contact us today for further information on how you can better take care of your car, so you can feel better being behind the wheel of your vehicle when you're driving the streets of Schaumburg and Streamwood. For more, take a look at our guide to oil change frequency.